Over £100,000 of funding has been secured to provide city youngsters with cycle training over the next three years.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has recently received £104,000 funding from the Department for Transport with further funding approved until 2015 to provide cyclist training to over 2,500 children each year.
Since the introduction of Bikeability, the Government’s 21st century national cycling proficiency programme five years ago, combined with the funding investment from the Department for Transport, the local authority has trained over 10,000 children to ride their bikes more safely.
Councillor Adrian Knapper, cabinet member for transport and planning said: “This funding investment is not only great
news for the city, but also for the children who will benefit from the scheme. This money allows all schools to participate
in our cyclist training service for three years at the very least.
“With funding now approved until 2015 it demonstrates the local authority’s commitment to educating young people on the importance of road safety.”
Stoke-on-Trent’s road traffic casualties for children over the last five years have decreased by 40 per cent.
For more information about how your child can get trained to ride their bikes more safely at school visit www.stoke.gov.uk/cyclestoke or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all media enquiries contact Steven Kennedy in the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232987.